Thank you! I’m really glad you like my blog =) I started these comics hoping to connect with people who feel the same as I do. I’m sorry anxiety has been a struggle for you as well. It’s such an isolating feeling, but it helps to know that so many people are actually going through the same thing.
What I’ve done that has had the most dramatic result is changing the way I talk to myself. In the past I’ve been very critical. I was always thinking “Oh my god, I’m so awkward. How can I be this awkward? Everyone is judging me. I’m a terrible person.” and I slowly started to force myself into saying “that was a funny moment. I am not awkward. I am a good person. Everyone has embarrassing moments. The moment was awkward, but I am not awkward.” Over time this made a huge difference. I started to feel more confident. I became aware of myself in a positive light rather than a negative one. It has also helped to remind myself that when I’m talking to people, they want to hear what I have to say. We are all equally important and we all matter. People just want to connect with others, and no one is thinking things as negative about you as you are! I have always struggled with dating and befriending people my own age as well. It is scary! The best advice I can give on that is to try your hardest to open up when someone reaches out to you. I regret the many times I pushed away a helping hand. There are a lot of patient and loving people out there. =)
One other thing that has helped my anxiety is that I started to challenge myself and do things that scared me. This has been and continues to be the hardest step. Sometimes it’s awful, but afterwards I feel so proud! Even small challenges will give you a rush of happiness. I’ll admit everyday is still a struggle, but changing my thinking habits has made a huge difference!
I hope this helps you start out! The path to managing anxiety is not an easy one, but it is possible! If I can help with anything else, let me know.
(I haven’t published an Ask before, but I thought this might be a good one to start with.)